2018 Christmas and Holiday Events in Miami

What's On This Year: Boat Parades, Winterland Hayrides,
Concerts And Of Course, The Nutcraker...
Christmas in Miami

Ho! Ho! Ho! Stringing our lights around the palm trees and Santa is getting ready to surf!

Christmas in Miami is about enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous breezy weather!

And to get into the spirit, our regular events are back with plenty of lights, shiny ornaments and holiday cheer.

As in all public holidays, government offices, schools, post offices, banks and public libraries will close on Christmas Day. Many restaurants remain open and offer special celebratory meals, brunches, dinners, cocktails...

And this is the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous "winter" weather. Migrating birds and hybernating manatees have arrived, this is a good time for a visit to the Everglades, enjoy the beautiful wildlife or a thrilling airboat ride! Please note that some parks will be closed on Christmas Day.

Here are this year's most popular Christmas and Holiday Season events and celebrations in Miami:

Christmas Festivals, Fairs, Parades, Tree Lightings...

Christmas in Miami: Christmas Tree Lightings

Winter Wonderland at North Shore Open Space Park

And in the Holiday Entertainment Calendar

Christmas Concerts and Entertainment in Miami: The Nutcracker

Christmas Services

Where To Stay, Dine, Party

And check out this year's New Year's Eve Holiday events in Miami.


Christmas Festivals, Fairs, Parades, Tree Lightings...

Santa's Echanted Forest

Santa's Enchanted Forest

The largest Christmas-Themed Amusement Park and Carnival is back with its 3 million lights, 92" christmas tree, and the carnival rides for little ones and those wanting a little more extreme.

Located in the heart of Miami in Tropical Park, you will no doubt see the lights from the highway as you drive past.

It is a huge sprawling lively event, just coming to see the lights is worth the trip. Tons of entertainment for kids and families round it all up. There are the many live shows, games, magic acts, mazes, all sorts of rides, from carrousels to roller coasters and drop towers and of course, the carnival food!

When? October 31, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - 5:00pm to Midnight
Where? Tropical Park, on the Palmetto (SR826) and Bird Road (40th Street) 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33155
How Much? TBA, last year Adults (10-64) $33.64, Children (3-9) $24.30, Seniors (65+) $24.30 Season and express passes available.

More Info: Santa's Enchanted Forest

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park

Christmas Tree Lighting at Bayfront Park

The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place the day after Thanksgiving as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree covered with glittering lights.

The countdown to the tree lighting is accompanied by cheery holiday music, so come and take a break from the shopping and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.

When? Friday, November 24, 2017, tree lighting at 7:00 pm
Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
How Much? FREE!

More info, Directions and Parking: www.bayfrontparkmiami.com

Pembroke Pines Snowfest and Christmas Tree Lighting

Snowfest in Pembroke Pines

Walking in a Winter Wonderland!!! 75 tons of snow, a visit with Santa, reindeer games, rides, arts and crafts, strolling holiday characters, musical performances and of course Santa's Workshop and Toy Land.

And don't miss the 30-ft Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 pm at the Plaza.

When? Saturday December 1, 2018 - 4:00 to 8:00 pm
Where? Charles F. Dodge City Center at 601 City Center Way, Pembroke Pines
How Much? Tickets required for snow area only $5, children under 2 free, accompanying adults do not require tickets. You can get tickets in advance for $4 at several Pembroke Pines locations. See below for more info.

More info: www.ppines.com or call 954-392-2116

Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade

Winterfest Boat Parade in Ft. Lauderdale

Sailboats, Yachts, Barges, Gondolas, Kayaks... ANYTHING that floats, all decked up with thousands of lights and a merry spirit, traversing the waters of the intracoastal, what could be more fun this holiday season?!

On its 47th year, the Winterfest Boat Parade has become one of the most awaited events, this year the Ft. Lauderdale shoreline will be coming alive once again.

Some fantastic entries and surprises in the past have included a floating bus, the Galleria Mall reindeer barge, a fire truck, Mickey and Minnie... can't wait for this year's parade!

When?: Saturday December 15, 2018
Where?: Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach
How Much?: Free along parade route, Grandstand viewing areas available.

More info: Winterfest Boat Parade

Magical Snowfall at Dolphin Mall

Christmas Magical Snow at Dolphin Mall

Miami's winter wonderland is back this year. To help bring on the magical flurry, Dolphin Mall will be giving away enchanted wands to children under the age of 12 (while supplies last). At the start of each nightly snowfall, young magicians are encouraged to wave their wands around to unleash the blizzard and create the glistening winter wonderland.

In addition, while you're at the mall, you can visit Santa and become a flight crew at Santa's Flight Academy.

When? November 21, 2018 to January 6, 2019 at 7:00 pm, additional snowfall at 9:00 pm Thursdays through Sundays. No blizzard on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Where? The Ramblas Plaza at Dolphin Mall
How Much? FREE! Wands will be distributed to participating families 30 minutes prior to start of each nightly snowfall, first come first served.

More info: www.shopdolphinmall.com

NightGarden a Magical Light Spectacular

NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular at Fairchild

This Winter, Fairchild transforms into The NightGarden: an enchanted, illuminated experience full of fantasy and wonderment where things like the Wise Talking Tree, Flying Fairies and a Sunflower Maze come to life.
Come experience this inaugural year event and marvel at unbelievable live effects such as holographic butterflies and floating orchids throughout multiple acres of dazzling magic.

When? November 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Where? Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156
How Much? General Admission $28, Children 10 and under $20, plus service fees. You can get discount tickets at Goldstar, $28 $20, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

More info: www.fairchildgarden.org

Miami Lantern Light Festival

Colorful lanterns adorn the Miami Lantern Light Festival

A spectacular evening of dazzling lights, colors, shapes, and themes.

The Lantern Light festival is a six week celebration of Chinese culture featuring massive lanterns, inspiring performances, and incredible cuisine.

Each Chinese lantern is custom-built by Chinese artisans and typically takes four weeks and a team of seven to complete.

The lanterns are handmade from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. Some are over 30 feet high and others are up to 300 feet long.

When? November 30, 2018 to January 20, 2019 - Thursdays through Sundays 5:00 - 10:00 pm, Fridays and Saturdays open until 11:00 pm
Where? Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds at 10901 SW 24th Street,Miami, FL 33165
How Much? Adults $23, Children (3-12) $18, Seniors and Active Military $20, Children activity packages and group packages available.

You can get discount tickets for general admission and children activity packages at Goldstar, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

More Info, tickets: www.lanternlightfestival.com

New World Symphony Wallcast Free Outdoor Concert: Sounds of the Season

Wallcast concert at SoundScape Park

What?: The New World Symphony presents a festive program celebrating the holiday season, offering audience members an opportunity to gather and share music with friends and family. Enjoy selections from a variety of cultural heritages, certain to delight audiences of all ages. This Saturday performance is presented by the City of Miami Beach for its residents.

As with all WALLCAST® concerts, it will be projected on the 7,000 square-foot screen. Bring a picnic, blankets, beach chairs, cocktails... yes, there are restrooms available at the south-east corner of SoundScape Park.
When?: Saturday December 15, 2018 - 7:30 pm, try to arrive early to grab a good spot
Where?: SoundScape Park at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139
How Much?:WALLCAST® concerts are free. No tickets required.

More Info Here: www.nws.edu/events

Miami Outboard Club's Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Boat Parade Miami Christmas

What?: Over 50 boats all decked up in holiday gear and parading in the waters of Biscayne Bay...
Food Vendors, Bounce House, DJ at Bayfront Park, the official viewing site
Fireworks Show!
When?: Saturday December 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm, Fireworks at 9:00 pm
Where?: Official viewing site is Bayfront Park
Parade Route: The parade will begin at the Miami Outboard Club continuing along Government Cut towards Downtown Miami, passing the Miami Children Museum, Bayside and Bayfront Park. The parade route will turn around at Brickell Key, once again passing Bayfront Park, Bayside, and then American Airlines Arena.
How Much?: FREE. The Club will be collecting new unwrapped toys to be donated to the children of the City Of Miami, donations can be made at The Miami Outboard Club and various sponsor retail locations.

More Info Here: www.mocholidayboatparade.com

Gingerbread House Workshop

Gingerbread house

What?: Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House.
Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and cheerful holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and experiencing quality family time.
When?: Two options: Saturday December 15, 2018 - 9:30 am - 10:30 am (ages 2-8 this class is with parent) and Sunday December 23, 2018 - 10:00 am - 11:00 am (ages 9+ this class is drop off)
Where?: Taste Buds Kitchen at 14740 Southwest 26th Street Ste 207, Miami FL 33185
How Much?: $40 per child

More Info and Registration: www.tastebudskitchen.com

Christmas With The Chimps At Lion Country Safari

Christmas With the Chimps at Lion Countri Safari

What?: Santa Claus visits the chimpanzees at Lion Country Safari's Chimp Islands, bearing wrapped gifts for the chimps. This is the only opportunity throughout the entire year that guests can get out of their vehicles (at the chimp islands) to watch the chimps receive presents!
When?: Thursday December 20, 2018 starting at 10:30 am (arrive by 9:30am to allow time to get through the preserve)
Where?: Lion Country Safari
How Much?: Adult $35, Senior $31.50, Child (3-9) $26, Parking $8

More Info www.lioncountrysafari.com

Santa's Circus at Jungle Island

Santas Circus at Jungle Island

What?: Created and directed by Cirque veteran Francisco Santos, Santa's Circus is a 90-minute performance that is sure to mesmerize its audience with its acrobatic artistry and Christmas storyline. Meet and greet your favorite Christmas characters and write your own letter to Santa with the help of Mrs. Claus. Celebrate the wonder and joy of a traditional Christmas with lasting memories of fun, laughter and special family time.
When?: December 20 - 30, 2018
Where?: Jungle Island at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132
How Much?: $24.90 - $71.54

More Info www.jungleisland.com/santa/

Santa On The Beach at Ft. Lauderdale Beach

Santa On The Beach

Yes it's Christmas in the sand! Don't miss this year's Santa's traditional candy giveaway along Fort Lauderdale Beach!

With twinkling eyes and smiling faces, Santa and his elves will begin spreading holiday cheer along Fort Lauderdale Beach Park distributing candy canes with glee.

When?: December 19, 2018 - Motorcade with Santa begins at noon and expected to arrive at Ft. Lauderdale Beach at 12:45 p.m.
Where?: 600 Seabreeze Boulevard (Promenade just north of Ft. Lauderdale Beach Park)
Parade Route: The motorcade will begin at the Ft. Lauderdale Police Headquarters and proceed towards the Fort Lauderdale Beach Hub at Las Olas and A1A.
How Much?: FREE!

More Info Here: Santa On The Beach

Zoo Lights and Holiday Gifts For The Animals at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami Christmas

It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.

And during the day, the best part is watching all our fluffy fellows open their Christmas presents...

What else? Carousel rides, photo with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa... (additional fees)

When?: Gifts with the Animals: check for the daily schedule
Zoo Lights Every Friday and Saturday from November 23 to December 29,2018 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
How Much?: Gifts for the Animals is Free with Zoo Admission. Check Zoo Miami website for schedule.
Zoo Lights: $9.95 plus tax

More Info Here: www.zoomiami.org

Chimp with Christmas Presents  at Zoo Miami

Winterland at the Farm

Winterland at Pinto Farm

With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie at a beautiful illuminated Forest.

Holiday treats, hay rides, face painting, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!

When?: December 16 to January 7, 2019
Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170
How Much?: Winterland Unlimited $19 includes paddle boat rides, hay rides, pony rides, race track, petting zoo. Groupon 2 for $29.

More info: www.pintofarm.com

This Year's Holiday Entertainment Calendar, Concerts and Musicals

Santa's Enchanted Workshop On Stage

Santas Enchanted Workshop

For Stanley, Christmas has lost some of its magic. Stanley, along with his sister SuSu, sets out to find out about Christmas for himself by traveling to the North Pole. Trapped in a blizzard, they wind up in a dilapidated gas station run by a mysterious old man named Nick who shows them the wonders of imagination and helps to bring his rundown gas station to life as a magic toyshop. One of the silliest villains you'll ever see, Mr. Gasket J. Wasket shows up and tries to spoil the day.

In the end, Stanley finds a renewed Christmas spirit and the real meaning of the holiday...

When? Tuesday December 4, 2018 - 10:00 am
Where? Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
How Much?
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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

When? Friday and Saturday December 7 and 8, 2018

Where? James L. Knight Center at 400 SE 2nd Avenue Miami

How Much? $39+

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You can get discount tickets for The Wizard of Oz at Goldstar, $39 $19.50, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

Disney in Concert: Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas with the South Florida Symphony Orchestra

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The haunting holiday classic... The Nightmare Before Christmas with score by Danny Elfman performed live by South Florida Symphony Orchestra.

When Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's pumpkin king, accidentally stumbles on Christmastown, he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus and taking over the role. But Jack soon discovers even the best-laid plans of mice and skeleton men can go seriously awry...

When? Thursday December 13, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
How Much?
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You can get discount tickets at Goldstar, $41.30 $35, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

Cirque du Soleil Crystal - A Breaktrough Ice Experience

Cirque Du Soleil Crystal

When? December 13 - 16, 2018

Where? AmericanAirlines Arena

How Much? $60+ Check out Groupon Offers 20%+ off

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Cirque Dreams Holidaze - The Family Holiday Spectacular

A multi-million dollar stage production with soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, ellaborate illusions, holiday music... it's a Broadway musical, cirque spectacle and family show all in one! A 2-hour theatrical adventure BroadwayWorld proclaims "The Perfect Holiday Gift... a show that everyone will enjoy... colorful, festive, imaginative, inventive, and thoroughly entertaining."

When? December 28, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Where? James L. Knight Center - Miami, FL
How Much? $55 - $109
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You can get discount tickets at Goldstar, $74 $50, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 20th Anniversary "The Ghosts of Christmas Eve" 2018 Tour

Trans-Siberian Orchestra on tour

Presented by the Hallmark Channel, the Rock Holiday tradition on its 20th year comes once again to BB&T Center.

This dazzling multimedia production brings us our favorite holiday classics... O Come All Ye Faithful, Christmas Cannon, O Holy Night... like you've never heard them before combining enthralling music and delightful story-telling, a holiday classic!

When? Friday December 14, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where? BB&T Center, Sunrise
How Much?
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Miami City Ballet's The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker Ballet

The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical...

A vibrant and animated winter wonderland comes to life, featuring appearances by The Sugarplum Fairy, toy soldiers, and mischievous mice, all while retaining George Balanchine's iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score.

Two South Florida locations:

When? Friday to Sunday December 7 - 9, 2018
Where? Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts
How Much? You can get discount tickets for The Nutcracker at Goldstar, $45-$125 $35 - $75, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

When? December 15 - 24, 2018
Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
How Much? You can get discount tickets for The Nutcracker at Goldstar, $50-$99 $38 - $75, you must be a Goldstar member but membership is FREE! Just sign up it's worth the savings!

White Christmas

White Christmas

Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.

Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, Irving Berlin's White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!

When? December 25 - 30, 2018
Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami
How Much?
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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker

One of the world's most magical adaptations of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker pirouettes its way into The Fillmore Miami Beach with close to 40 renowned dancers that bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas Eve and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince.

Filled with larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, handmade Victorian-style costumes, gasp-inducing special effects and sets created by La La Land designer Carl Sprague, this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the whole family.

When? Saturday December 29, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Where? The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
How Much? $50+
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My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm Home For The Holidays

My Mother is Italian, My Father is Jewish and Im home for the holidays

Join Steve as he shares more wild and hilarious stories and characterizations about his family, friends and the other folks we meet whose sole purpose was to drive him into therapy in the first place.

We all get to attend holiday dinner at Grandma's where, if you're under 55, you're allowed to sit at the children's table, and thirty-five over-fed people jostle for the one toilet!

When? Saturday and Sunday December 29 - 30, 2018
Where? Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
How Much? $45+
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Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert

Salute to Vienna New Years Concert

Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert recreates the beauty of Vienna's golden era and this year's concert will feature a brilliant new program of Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from beloved operettas performed by acclaimed European singers, champion ballroom dancers, ballet, and live symphony orchestra.

The first effortless notes of the eternal Blue Danube Waltz will welcome you into a triumphant 2019!

Two South Florida performances:

When? Sunday December 30, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Where? Adrienne Arsht Center Miami
How Much? $45+
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When? Monday December 31, 2018 - 7:00 pm
Where? Coral Springs Center For The Arts at 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, Florida 33065
How Much? $57+
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Christmas Services

Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Services

Christmas Mass Nativity Scene

Bright poinsettias, twinkling lights, wonderful nativity scenes, children caroling and the fragrance of firs and incense filling the church, the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass has been a beautiful tradition for as long as I can remember. All our places of worship and the communities go out of their way to welcome and share in the spirit and purpose of the Christmas celebrations.

Here are some places you can attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in Miami

  • Saint Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Avenue, Miami Beach 33140
    Phone (305) 531-1124
    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Multi-Lingual
    Christmas Day:
    English: 8:00 am, 9:30am, 11:00am
    Spanish: 12:30pm, 7:00pm
    More Info

  • Church of the Little Flower 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables 33134
    Phone (305) 446-9950
    Chritmas Eve Cantata: 11:30 pm
    Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Bi-Lingual
    Christmas Day:
    English: 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
    Spanish: 12:30pm
    More Info

The Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church

Living Nativity

Let's herald the Christmas season with a live, open-air reenactment of the Christmas Story.

Featuring live camels, donkeys, goats and sheep, along with an innovative mix of digital and live-action characters, including Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the prophets, angels, the Wise Men and more!

This spectacular depiction, complete with narration, digital projections and a choir, is fun for the entire family!

When? December 14 and 15, 2018 - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138
How Much? FREE and open to the public. Volunteers for set up and spot participants: angels, shepherds, villagers, etc. welcome!

More Info: Miami Shores Presbyterian Church or call (305) 754-9541

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